Second Breath, Mid Size
(Dutch, b. 1939)
Bronze with a rich brown patina
Height: 38 1/4 inches (97.5 cm)
Cast in 2015
“Blik’s creativity has been both prodigious and profoundly moving. His huge bronze figures typically emerge from black metallic masses like butterflies from cocoons and stretch upwards, their fingers often just touching some mysterious shining object above them. You don’t have to be an art critic to grasp the metaphor. This might be the artist emerging from his dark past. Or perhaps it is the indomitable human spirit rising from apparent devastation to reach for the beauty that will not be crushed.”
Richard Morrison, The Times, London
Born in Amsterdam in 1939, by the age of four Maurice Blik was faced with the questions and choices that philosophers, artists and religions have left unanswered for centuries.
Blik has lived in England since being liberated from Bergen Belsen, where he was taken as a small child from his birthplace. The ability to come to terms with this experience and to confront the face of humanity that he had witnessed, stayed silent in his life for some forty years. It finally found a voice in the passionate and exquisite sculpture which began to emerge in the late 1980s when he created a series of horses' heads. These noble and benevolent creatures possess an energy and a life force that seem just barely harnessed long enough to take their shape in the clay itself. Later he progressed to more figurative work in which the irrepressible joy of life and the destructive, impenetrable shadow of existence, are held together in a struggling unity.
Maurice Blik has had an extensive career in Art Education, teaching at all levels from Primary to Post Graduate. In the 1980s he began to develop his own artwork and in 1991 gave up teaching to work full time on sculpture. He has a post-graduate Art Teacher's Certificate with Distinction from London University. In 1996, he was elected President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, of which he is still a member, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Maurice Blik works in the UK and USA, where he was awarded residency by the US Government as 'a person of extraordinary artistic ability.’ His artworks, both in monumental and small scale, are part of important private collections around the world.